VR Experience!

Traveling While Black

EVERY DAY OF THE FILM FEST | November 7 – 14

Tucson Premiere! Screenings will take place on Oculus headsets, in a bus generously provided by Old Pueblo Trolley, located south of Screen 3. Due to the nature of the experience, showtimes will not be set in advance and admittance will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Screenings will be offered Thursday, Nov. 7 – Saturday, Nov. 9 from 11am – 10pm and Sunday, Nov. 10 – Thursday, Nov. 14 from 11am – 8pm.

“An extraordinary experience that invites viewers to traverse decades through America’s racist history, and places them face-to-face with present-day testifiers and contemporary events.” – Tambay Obenson, IndieWire

Traveling While Black is a cinematic VR experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.

Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams and Emmy Award-winning Felix & Paul Studios’ film transports you to historic Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington DC. The viewer shares an intimate series of moments with several of the patrons of Ben’s as they reflect on their experiences of restricted movement and race relations in the U.S. 

Confronting the way we understand and talk about race in America, Traveling While Black highlights the urgent need to not only remember the past but to learn from it, and facilitate a dialogue about the challenges minority travelers still face today. (Dir. by Roger Ross Williams, Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphael, Ayesha Nadarajah, 2019, USA, 20 mins., Not Rated)

Thanks to our community partners, NAACP TucsonTucson Black Film Club, & DocScapes